ELMSDALE – A West Prince community information meeting on hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, will be held at Westisle Composite High School from 7 to 9 p.m on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
The meeting is sponsored by Don’t Frack P.E.I. and is hosted by the Christian Life Community.
There will be information on fracking, including a Mi’kmaq analysis on the threat fracking presents to P.E.I. and its hope for non-violent resistance. There will be a discussion on involving ordinary people and learning the meaning of social licence.
Organizers are hoping to sign up approximately 10 people to attend a three-hour training session on a Saturday in February in an effort to involve more community people.
The session is open to all who have an interest in learning more about, and taking action around, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas and the threat this poses for P.E.I.
Andrew Lush, member of Don’t Frack P.E.I. co-ordinating committee, will provide the meeting with a description of fracking. He will offer up evidence of the results of fracking in other parts of Canada and the U.S.A. and will present the findings of various researchers.
Eliza, Star Child, Knockwood, a guest presenter, is a Mi’kmaq woman from Abegweit First Nation. She is a powerful speaker who has a history of taking courageous stands for the protection of all aspects of the natural environment. She has participated in the New Brunswick protest against fracking explorations and extractions of shale gas. She will highlight the capacity and power of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people standing side-by-side in this protest.
Another member of Don’t Frack P.E.I.’s co-ordinating committee, Leo Broderick, will speak about the need for the whole community to get actively involved in the “don’t frack” movement. He will discuss the role of the community in granting or denying permission to enterprises for the exploitation of our resources. For example, companies which propose to drill for natural gas need more than political approval or legal
Licence, they must have acceptance of the community, which is called social licence. For this, communities must be informed, and must take active voice, noted Broderick.